Ms. Linda Green, “Street Food: USA.” Courtesy of Netflix
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, some of us need that push to get into the kitchen and prepare a meal for our family and loved ones. As black people, our cuisine is both unique and delicious, and sometimes it’s hard to find culinary experts who look (and cook) like us on TV. With platforms like Netflix and CLEOtv highlighting chefs of color, the holidays are sure to be filled with great content and delicious meal ideas.
The Food Network has long been a staple in cooking culture. For Turkey Day 2022, you can see African American chefs like Eddie Jackson and Cardea Brown as they showcase some of the best in food and bring great recipes to a global audience. Programs like High on the pig and Street food provide insight into how our favorite dishes are made, as well as the beautiful stories behind them.
Whether you’re still looking for Thanksgiving recipes or just want to get into the holiday spirit, check out these black cooking shows below.
“Delicious Miss Brown”
Premiering in 2019, Delicious Miss Brown is an American cooking television series that airs on the Food Network. The series is presented by Chef Cardea Brown; and features Brown demonstrating how to cook her Southern-inspired recipes from her home in Charleston, South Carolina.
Street food is an American documentary film premiering on Netflix on April 26, 2019, exploring street food around the world. Its third season traveled to the United States and featured black chefs such as Carrie and Dwayne Earle, Tammy Treadwell, Linda Green, Keauna “Key” Nelson and more.
“New Kitchen of the Soul”
New Soul Kitchen is an unscripted cooking series hosted by best-selling cookbook author and celebrity chef Jernard Wells. Each week, Chef Gernard shows viewers how to recreate some of their favorite dishes, but modified to fit today’s healthy lifestyle without compromising on taste. Two holiday specials of “New Soul Kitchen” will air back-to-back Thanksgiving night at 9/8c on CLEO TV and will air again throughout the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
“High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America”
Food writer Steven Satterfield traces the origins of African-American cuisine, tracing its lineage from Africa to Texas. This beautifully crafted series goes far beyond the conventions of food television and highlights the history of African cuisine and its influence on modern American food.
“Eat this for breakfast!”
Host Kaylan Allen gets an inside look at the production of America’s most iconic food brands to find out the stories behind everyone’s favorite treats. You can watch this amazing show on Cooking Channel and AppleTV+.
Hosted by Eddie Jackson, this show gives everyday home cooks the shock of their lives when he reveals that they weren’t actually auditioning, but to face off in a one-on-one cooking challenge against culinary greats like Alex Guarnaschelli, Jeffrey Zakarian and Anne Burrell. You can watch this cooking series on Food Network and Discovery +
“Great Soul Food Cooking”
Oprah Winfrey Network and Discovery+ honor black chefs with Great food for the soula cooking competition show in which eight chefs create their own personal take on black cuisine for a chance to win $50,000. Hosted by Food Network’s Kardea Brown, judges include Eric Ajepong and Melba Wilson.